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Jun 7, 2008 06:17 PM

Attilio's Tavern, Dover N.J.

For those of you who enjoyed Attilio's Kitchen in Denville, the former owner has now opened a lovely restaurant on Route 46 in Dover. They've been open three weeks. The room is lovely, with a small bar area, a large and beautifully appointed dining room, and a small raised stage with a piano. Soft lighting, warm ambience. Casual, but a cut above.

The menu is Italian with some steak and seafood specialties as well. We had a delicious complimentary appetizer of fresh mozzarella, freshly roasted peppers and some herbs. My wife had a fantastic salmon dish with capers and white wine over risotto.

Service was attentive, with hot bread replenished speedily, water glasses filled immediately, and a generally cheerful and helpful attitude by the staff.

The 10" pizzas are wonderful: Great, flavorful thin crust, premium quality ingredients. My daughter's eggplant rollatini was equally well-prepared. My escarole salad was crisp and fresh, with a nice house dressing, sun-dried tomatoes, sharp provolone and roasted peppers.

I highly recommend Attilio's.

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  1. Thanks for the informative post. I haven't been there yet, but plan on going tomorrow. I review hot dogs and a little over a year ago I had heard that a place called Attilio's Kitchen (their old location in Denville) made a very good Italian Hot Dog. I made the trip there not knowing what kind of an establishment it was. I even thought it may have been a pizzeria. I went and loved Attilio's. The Italian Hot Dog was great as was the mozzarella and peppers I had as an appetizer. The place was lovely and I wanted to return and try some of the other food. I went back several times and enjoyed everything I had, especially the Chicken Scarapiello. I spoke with Gino the owner who told me that they planned on selling Attilio's and getting a place where they could serve liquor. The Denville restaurant is now La Cucina. I haven't been there since the change in ownership nor have I been to Attilio's Tavern. Gino and his wife are nice people who often stopped by my table to talk and ask how I enjoyed my meal. Service was top notch as well as the food. Worth the considerable drive from my home, and from what I've been told, most of the people who worked at Attilio's Kitchen made the move to Attilio's Tavern. I'm looking forward to going tomorrow and enjoying a little beer before my meal since they now have a liquor license.

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    1. re: hotdoglover

      My wife and I went to Attilio's Tavern for the first time since they reopened a couple of weeks ago to celebrate our Anniversary. We couldn't have picked a better restaurant. Lovely place with a great atmosphere as described by rruben1 above. We went first to the cozy bar and had a few drinks. My wife had a couple of Martinis and I had a few draft beers The drink menus and regular menus are linked above. We were in time for Happy Hour which is from 4 to 6PM.

      We sampled a couple of the appetizers. The Mozzarella & Roasted Peppers, which were excellent, and picked (the mozzarella) as one of the three best in the state by the Star Ledger's Munchmobile Team out of a few hundred sampled. Shrimp Attilio with a spicy sauce and cream, Mozzarella Carroczza (breaded fried mozzarella), and Fried Calamari were all outstanding as well.

      I had the Chicken Scarpariello, which is Chicken breast, sweet Italian sausage, vinegar peppers, potatoes and herbs, sauteed in a white balsamic vinegar sauce. It is so good that the few times I've been to dinner at the former Attilio's Kitchen, I couldn't get myself to try something else. I might next time, as everything I've had here has been exceptional. My wife loved her Eggplant Rollatini. We both enjoyed a second meal with the leftovers the following day. Service and waitstaff are exemplary. Everyone we met were so pleasant and friendly. You can tell that they really enjoy being here.

      I highly recommend Attilio's Tavern. My favorite restaurant and the best dining experience I've had. I'm looking forward to going back when they have entertainment. We went on Tuesday. Entertainment is Wed. thru Saturday.

    2. Was it crowded? The problem in recent years in Denville was that you couldn't get a table or a reservation unless they knew you. Many locals stopped even trying to go.

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      1. re: GrOlive

        It wasn't crowded. I called earlier in the day and asked if I needed a reservation. I was told I didn't need one if I was arriving 6PM or earlier. Tuesday (when I went) there is no entertainment, so that may have had something to do with it. I would suggest getting a reservation.